Wossidlo Haus - Alte Ausspanne Walkendorf_7, © TMV/Gohlke
Museums, Guided museum excursion

Here you can follow in the footsteps of Richard Wossidlo, who became famous beyond the borders of Mecklenburg as the founder of folklore.

Richard Wossidlo was born in 1859 in Friedrichshof, a district of Walkendorf.
He is considered the founder of folklore in Mecklenburg, one of the "fathers of German-language folklore" and one of the most significant field researchers in European ethnology.
The Wossidlo House, a museum facility, is dedicated to this great son of the community.

The house, a farm worker's cottage built around 1875, belongs to the center of the village together with the Alte Ausspanne (1662), the community hall, the church and the village pond.

  • In the cottage some rooms are furnished as Wossidlo museum.
  • Compiled are biographical data from the time and in connection with Wossidlo's first years of life,
  • but also information on his working years and, above all
  • and, above all, his enormous collection, his life's work and his research activities.

Particular attention is paid to his oversized workload and Wossidlo's efforts to preserve the Low German language.

Richard Wossidlo was born in the Friedrichshof manor house and baptized in the Walkendorf church.
His profession was folkloristic collection and research, which he passionately pursued for over half a century as a private scholar with many helpers and for which he sacrificed his fortune. Until 1939, he literally traveled to every place in Mecklenburg to record the cultural knowledge of his countrymen. For this purpose, he wrote down notes in the dialect on palm-sized slips of paper, occasionally even describing his cuffs. In the end, two million slips of paper were collected. Today, a collection of about 3,000 objects forms the fund of the museum in Schwerin-Mueß.

Opening hours:

  • If the museum is not open, do not hesitate to call Dr. Brekenfeld: 0151 11935781. She will usually be with you in a few minutes and guide you through the exhibition.

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Dorfstraße 6
17179 Walkendorf



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